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Brenda Garrett, RN, MSN, MHA, liver transplant patient coordinator

Advancing Liver Transplant Care

With the most established and experienced liver transplant program in the Midwest, the University of Chicago Medicine continues to lead the field in innovation, offering patients a leading-edge approach to diagnosing and treating chronic and acute liver diseases. 

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Personalized Liver Transplant Care for Every Patient

Our liver transplant team is dedicated to providing patients with individualized care. Our unique approach means every team member works together to evaluate patients, develop a treatment plan and provide ongoing treatment. This seamless coordination allows transplant patients to see several specialists in one visit so they don't have to make frequent trips to the hospital.  


Treating All Types of Liver Conditions

From liver disease diagnosis to liver failure treatment, our liver specialists have extensive expertise providing care for patients. When a patient reaches end-stage liver disease or liver failure, our team can evaluate him or her for liver transplantation. Conditions that lead to liver transplantation include: 

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Acute liver failure
  • Liver cancer
  • Biliary diseases
  • Genetic liver diseases

Several conditions and diseases lead to cirrhosis, such as alcoholic liver disease, chronic viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Learn more about how we are advancing hepatitis treatment for liver transplant patients.

Excellent Post-Transplant Survival Rates

Our liver transplant program delivers some of the highest outcomes in Illinois. Led by John Fung, MD, PHD and Michael Charlton, MBBS, FRCP, our world-renowned transplant surgeons offer hope for many patients who may have been turned down by other transplant programs. We care for patients with the most complex cases, which includes multiple and split liver transplants. UChicago Medicine transplant specialists are tied in first for performing the most combined heart-liver-kidney transplants in the nation.


Advanced Imaging Technology

We provide access to state-of-the-art imaging techniques for diagnosing and treating liver diseases, including MR elastography (MRE), high-intensity focused ultrasound guided by magnetic resonance (MR-HIFU), and sophisticated radiation therapy imaging and delivery techniques.


Liver Transplant Living Donation

Our program was the first in the nation to perform a living donor liver transplant, and we continue to be a leader in living donation for both children and adults. While we offer living and deceased transplant options, a living donor liver transplant has several benefits for recipients, including a shorter wait time, fewer complications and the convenience of being able to schedule your surgery date.


Pre- and Post-Liver Transplant Care

From the pre-transplant evaluation through the post-transplant follow-up, our team of transplant experts supports patients throughout their liver transplant procedure journeys. We are dedicated to providing a compassionate, personalized experience that meets each patient's unique needs.

Liver Transplant Care Team

The liver transplant team provides personalized care tailored to your specific needs.

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Research and Clinical Trials

Keep up-to-date with the latest research studies and opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

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Liver Tumor Program

Our Liver Tumor Program offers the best treatment options for patients with end-stage liver disease and liver cancer, offering hope to patients with even the most complex cases. 

Liver Tumor Program Information

Meet the Leaders of the UChicago Medicine Transplantation Institute

The University of Chicago Medicine recently appointed John Fung, MD, PHD, and Michael Charlton, MBBS, FRCP, as co-directors to lead the Transplantation Institute. The institute is committed to advancing programs in solid organ transplantation, such as the liver transplant program.

John Fung, MD, PHD is a highly esteemed transplant surgeon with over 30 years of experience in liver, kidney, pancreas, islet and intestinal transplantation. He has spearheaded the use of new minimally invasive surgical transplant techniques, and is an accomplished immunologist who has introduced procedures to improve donor organ preservation.

Michael Charlton, MBBS, FRCP is an internationally renowned specialist in liver diseases and transplant medicine. He has particular expertise in the diagnosis and management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease as well as viral hepatitis treatment.

Dr. Fung and Dr. Charlton are consistently recognized on the "America's Top Doctors" and "Best Doctors in America" lists.

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